Alex Hales and Jos Buttler put on a show with the bat as England annihilated India by ten wickets in the second semi-final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday (November 10).
Put in to bat first, India posted 168/6 on the board in their stipulated overs. Hardik Pandya (63 off 33 balls) and Virat Kohli (50 off 40 balls) scored half-centuries, while the remaining batters KL Rahul (5), Rohit Sharma (27), Suryakumar Yadav (14) and Rishabh Pant (6) could not contribute much to the team’s total.
Wrist-spinner Adil Rashid was the stand-out bowler for England, picking up the prized wicket of Suryakumar and conceding only 20 runs in his full quota of four overs.
Chasing 160 for victory, England reached the finish line without breaking a sweat. The duo of Hales and Buttler smashed Indian bowlers to parts of the ground, sharing an unbeaten 170-run stand to overhaul the target with four overs to spare. This was a record partnership for any wicket in Men’s T20I World Cup matches.
‘Man of the Match’ Hales remained not out on 86 off 47 balls, while captain Buttler finished with an unbeaten 80 off 49 balls.
Here is how the cricket fraternity reacted to England’s win:
India Clueless with the ball. Hales and Buttler too good for this Indian attack.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 10, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) November 10, 2022
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 10, 2022
Not gonna lie – was not expecting this. If there was ever a time for England to do a mic drop #T20WorldCup
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) November 10, 2022
India are still playing very conservative cricket. It was an issue they hoped to address and, in all fairness did, in bilateral cricket. But here at the World Cup, India were constantly hoping the back 10 overs would bail them out. Today, it wasn’t enough
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 10, 2022
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) November 10, 2022
Ruthless from ENGLAND! An exquisite semi final performance against a fabulous Indian team!
PAKISTAN will be petrified cos this ENGLAND team is 🚀.
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) November 10, 2022
— Vernon Philander (@VDP_24) November 10, 2022
— Morne Morkel (@mornemorkel65) November 10, 2022
— Darren Gough MBE (@DGoughie) November 10, 2022
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) November 10, 2022
— Tim Bresnan (@timbresnan) November 10, 2022
Congratulations to England. First over of England innings Buttler took on Bhuvi a match up well in Indias favour, the risk paid off and India could not counteract. Small moments in a World Cups set’s up success. #INDvENG #T20WorldCup
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) November 10, 2022
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) November 10, 2022
What an incredible performance England @ECB_cricket @CTurnerFCDO A semi-final turned into a no-contest, stunning batting that India had no answers to – brilliant batting @AlexHales1 @josbuttler . We head to MCG – England 🏴 vs Pakistan 🇵🇰!! #HopeNotOut #ICCT20WorldCup2022
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) November 10, 2022
Thumping win for @englandcricket 👌🏼 far superior on the day to beat a strong @BCCI team! Cant wait for the final. It’s a battle between England’s batting v Pakistan’s bowling coming up👍🏽 #INDvsENG #T20WorldCup
— Farveez Maharoof (@farveezmaharoof) November 10, 2022
A figure thats going to disturb for times to come. Tough game India.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 10, 2022
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